Hudson native killed by IED in Afghanistan

Matthew A. Pucino was on his second combat tour. Matthew A. Pucino was on his second combat tour.
By Milton J. Valencia
Globe Staff / November 25, 2009

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A US Army Special Forces soldier with ties to Massachusetts was killed in Afghanistan Monday when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device, the Pentagon said yesterday.

Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino, a native of Hudson who had been living in Maryland, was conducting a combat patrol in the Pashay Kala region of Afghanistan when his all-terrain vehicle was struck, the Army said.

Pucino, 34, leaves his wife, Crystal; parents Albert and Kathryn Pucino of Orlando, Fla.; and sister, Lisa Haglof of Bourne.

His family could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Pucino was an intelligence sergeant with Company B, Second Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne), and had been on his second deployment. He had also served in Iraq with the Fifth Special Forces Group.

He enlisted in the Army in 2002 as a Special Forces candidate, went on to complete the qualifications course, and earned the coveted Green Beret as an engineer sergeant.

He was assigned to the Fifth Special Forces group before leaving active duty to become an Army National Guard soldier assigned to the 20th Special Forces Group in Maryland.

Pucino’s military education includes the warrior leader’s course; the survival, evasion, resistance, and escape course; and the Special Forces intelligence sergeant course. He has received awards and decorations including a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, Army Commendation, and Global War on Terrorism Service medals.

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